Sisterhood


 


 

 

We are Sisterhood. Fresh and seasoned. Partnered and flying solo. A link in the chain. Networking, nurturing, learning, sustaining.

Please join us in our mission to perpetuate and transmit the ethics and values of Conservative / Masorti Judaism through education, social action, ritual and spirituality. We strive to foster a sense of communal responsibility and sisterhood, and to reinforce the bonds of our members with our synagogue, Israel, and Jews worldwide.
 

Welcome to Sisterhood!

We look forward to your participation, friendship and ideas.

Sisterhood President,
Miriam Rosenthal

 

 


A Woman and her Genome: 
What every Jewish woman should know about her genetic make-up

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Biran Beit Midrash Please Register Here

Come hear two experts in the field of genetic testing, Evelyn Karson, MD, PhD, and Dee Dee Shiller, DO, talk about how you can know your risk of transmitting genetic diseases to your children as well as help you learn your risk for developing various cancers and in some cases, reduce that risk.  All – women and men, Sisterhood members and non-members — are welcome. 

Whether you are single, dating, married, or already have a child and are planning to add to your family, genetic screening is important for anyone who is either pregnant or considering pregnancy in the near future. JScreen, a non-profit dedicated to preventing the transmission of genetic diseases, will be at Adas Israel to provide onsite genetic screening.  Dr. Evelyn Karson will speak about this screening. JScreen’s panel tests for over 200 diseases, is easy, confidential, and is done via saliva sample. A geneticist will be present to answer all questions. Results will be provided a few weeks later by a certified genetic counselor via phone or video teleconference. FREE Saliva Test for the first 25 pre-registrants!  Others will pay $149.  (NOTE: You must be between the ages of 18-45 to receive this screening).

Dr. Dee Dee Shiller will speak about multigene screening to help women learn their risk for developing various cancers. This screening can be done by a blood sample taken at your own doctor’s office.  Depending on your family history, this screening is available to men and women of all ages.

Have questions?  Contact Jodi Ochstein at jodiochstein@gmail.com.


Volunteer Opportunities

Donate Bras, Tampons and Pads to Homeless
Now through January 15 (Martin Luther King Day) 
A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself and her personal health.  Sisterhood and the Social Action Committee are teaming up to organize a collection drive for I Support The Girls (ISTG). ISTG, the amazing charity started by local mensch, Dana Marlowe, collects and distributes donations of new bras, sealed packages of tampons, and maxi pads to homeless women and girls in the DC area, across North America and four locations worldwide.  Look for the donation box in the cloakroom. Join us in bringing light into the world by helping to restore dignity and self-respect to thousands of women.  Contact Jodi Ochstein jodiochstein@gmail.com or Jamie Butler jgb3611@gmail.com with questions.

Reading Partners Information Session Register Here
Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm, at a Home in Upper Northwest
Reading Partners is a one hour per week, one-on-one volunteer opportunity to help a child read and make a difference in the trajectory of someone's life. Please register here by January 11.  For further information, contact Lois Fingerhut at Loisafingerhut@gmail.com.

Help with Sisterhood Shabbat, March 10
Volunteer to read Torah or otherwise help with services for Sisterhood Shabbat. To read Torah contact Marilyn.kincaid0999@verizon.net or sabrinasojourner@gmail.com.  To lead services, be a gabbai, or usher, contact Barbara Gelman, bgelman1@gmail.com.


Ongoing Activities

Sisterhood Cares
Marking simchas and milestones; comforting those suffering illness or loss.
jill.jacob@gmail.com, anat@bar-cohen.com, pamela.sislen@gmail.com

Thursday Night Minyan, 6 pm, in the Biran Beit Midrash
Help Sisterhood to make a minyan so mourners can say Kaddish at Adas.

Torah Fund
Preserving, promoting, and perpetuating Conservative / Masorti Judaism. adasisraeltorahfund@gmail.com
 



Upcoming Programs and Events
[events held at Adas Israel unless otherwise noted]

Shedding Light on Sarah and Her Successors, at Sisterhood Shabbat: Featuring Mozelle Saltz Guest Scholar, Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, JTS Vice Chancellor emerita
March 9-10, 2018

Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, Vice Chancellor emerita of the Jewish Theological Seminary, will be our Mozelle Saltz z"l Sisterhood Shabbat speaker. She will be speaking as follows:  at dinner Friday night, March 9; during Shabbat services Saturday morning, March 10; and after Kiddush at 1:00 pm in the Biran Beit Midrash.  Her topic is our first matriarch, Sarah, a paragon of Jewish motherhood. What do our sacred texts tell us about her as a mother, a person, a wife? Did her successors follow her example? Should she be our model? How have rabbinic and modern writers portrayed her? Together we will look at some of the biblical and later texts that shed light on these questions, examining our preconceptions in light of the texts themselves. 

Kavanah opportunity:  Volunteer to read Torah or lead services for Sisterhood Shabbat, March 10.  To read Torah, contact Marilyn.kincaid0999@verizon.net or sabrinasojourner@gmail.com. To lead services, be a gabbai, or usher, contact Barbara Gelman, bgelman1@gmail.com.

Sisterhood Knits, Sews, Crafts Register Here
Wednesdays, Jan 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, 7:30-9pm, Youth Lounge. lesleyfrost0@gmail.com

The project to make two new Torah mantles for the Havurah is well under way. We meet on the third Wednesday evening of the month at Adas, at 7:30 pm in the Youth Lounge, and everyone is welcome to join us or contact Lesley Frost lesleyfrost0@gmail.com for more information.

Sisterhood Works from Home Register Here
Contact June Kress at junebkress@gmail.com, off-site, RSVP required.

Work from home?  “Sisterhood Works from Home” is here to support, advise and make you feel more connected.  Jan. 16, Feb. 14. No need to be a Sisterhood or Adas Israel member… all are welcome. Contact June Kress at junebkress@gmail.com, off-site, RSVP required.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Text-based discussions led by a rotation of rabbis and scholars, starting Sept. 12, 2017, at 10:00 am, and continuing once a month on Tuesdays through June 12, 2018, in the Funger Hall. MarilynCCooper70@gmail.com

Next dates: Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 8, June 12

Sisterhood in your Neighborhood Brunches
Back by popular demand! Volunteer to host and plan to attend.
junebkress@gmail.com

Mah Jongg Register Here
Thursdays at 1:00 pm. bhfriedell@yahoo.com

Adas Israel Book Club
Save the dates: Sundays, March 11, April 29. Book selections to be announced.

Book Chat on Judas by Amos Oz
Sunday Jan 28, at 10 am
Join the discussion of this short but powerful novel of ideas – patriotism, loyalty, and treason – by a celebrated Israeli author. 

In partnership with the Library Committee. librarian@adasisrael.org

A Woman and her Genome: 
What every Jewish Woman should know about her Genetic Make-up
Register Here

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. aprilrubin@aol.com

Take a Walk! Register Here
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, Foggy Bottom Metro 
Bring your friends (men welcome!), stories, and sense of adventure and explore the Foggy Bottom neighborhood on foot. Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro at the base of the outdoor escalators. Contact Merrill Goldsmith, kayaker_dc@yahoo.com, 301-493-5654, if you have questions. Cancelled if inclement weather. Take a Walk! meets on the second Monday of the month and explores various neighborhoods on foot followed by dinner. Another site is scheduled for Feb. 12; check Calendar.

Sisterhood Shabbat
Community and Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner, March 9 Register Here

Mark your calendar for March 9 – 10, 2018. Sponsored by the Mozelle Saltz Fund for Sisterhood Speakers.  hmk_dc@verizon.net

Shabbat Services and Community Dinner Information-
We hope you will join us for our Community and Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner following two wonderful Kabbalat Shabbat services. The Return Again service will begin at 6:00pm and the Traditional Lay-Led service will begin at 6:30pm, with a community Shabbat dinner to follow featuring the Adas Sisterhood's special Sisterhood Shabbat weekend speaker, Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner.

Sisterhood Shabbat Weekend Details
Shedding Light on Sarah and Her Successors, at Sisterhood Shabbat, March 9-10, 2018. Our Mozelle Saltz Guest Scholar will be Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, JTS Vice Chancellor emerita.

Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, Vice Chancellor emerita of the Jewish Theological Seminary, will be our Mozelle Saltz z"l Sisterhood Shabbat speaker. She will be speaking as follows: at dinner Friday night, March 9; during Shabbat services Saturday morning, March 10; and after Kiddush at 1:00 pm in the Biran Beit Midrash.  Her topic is our first matriarch, Sarah, a paragon of Jewish motherhood. What do our sacred texts tell us about her as a mother, a person, a wife? Did her successors follow her example? Should she be our model? How have rabbinic and modern writers portrayed her? Together we will look at some of the biblical and later texts that shed light on these questions, examining our preconceptions in light of the texts themselves. 

Sisterhood 2.0 Register Here
Alternate Thursdays, check Google Calendar above for dates, 6:45pm, Bindaas in Cleveland Park

Re-Focus. Re-Assess. Re-Engage: Negotiate your salary, start your own business, re-start your career, change directions mid-career.  Join us every other Thursday for drinks, discussion and brainstorming. Contact Jodi Ochstein jodiochstein@gmail.com with questions. Note: If you can come to Adas at 6 pm and help make a minyan, it would be appreciated.

Panel Discussion: Sexual Harassment, How Did We Arrive at this #MeToo Moment?
Tuesday, January 23, 7:30 pm, in the Gewirz Register here

From Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer to Al Franken to ??
Sexual Harassment is not a new phenomenon, but women being believed and men being held accountable for their actions is.  What kind of impact have legi​slation, societal pressure, and the permanent presence of women in the workforce had on this paradigm shift in American attitudes?  Hear from three experts: Lynne Revo-CohenSar​ah Fleish Fink, and Franc​ine Weiss, who will talk about Title VII protections, your rights as an employee, how employers can improve their workplace environment, and where this moment might take us.

Special tour of Kiev Judaica Collection at GWU Register here
Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:30 am-12:30 pm 
Gelman Library, 2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA (map)
Join us on Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:30 am, as Shelly Buring, a rare books specialist, gives us a highlights tour of the Kiev Judaica collection–including material on Jewish women–at The George Washington University's Gelman Library, 2130 H St, NW.  Contact sburing@gwu.edu with questions.
 



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Adas Israel Sisterhood Board and Officers 2017-2018

Executive Committee/Officers

President: Miriam Rosenthal 
Corresponding Secretary: Jill Jacob
Recording Secretary: Joyce Stern
Treasurer: Dava Berkman
VP for Communications: Nechama Masliansky 
Co-VPs for Education/Programming: Susan Winberg and Jodi Ochstein
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Helen Kramer
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Diane Keller, and Susan Winberg
Immediate Past President: Marcia (Marcy) Feuerstein 

General Board

Carol Ansell, Dena Bauman, Sarah Brooks, Carmel Chiswick, Marian Fox, Barbara Friedell, Leah Hadad, Judith Heumann, Susan Klein, Arlette Jassell, Deborah Joseph, Myra Promisel, Rhoda Ritzenberg, April Rubin, Pamela Sislen, Elinor Tattar, and Nancy Weiss

Ex-Officio Members of the General Board:

Rabbi Penina Alexander, Cantor Arianne Brown, Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Naomi Malka, Rabbi Emerita Avis Miller, Heather Polonsky, Rabbi Kerrith Rosenbaum, and Rabbi Eliana Yolkut

 

Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

There are two easy ways to join or to renew your Adas Sisterhood membership:

Pay using a major credit card (a small processing fee will be charged). You will receive an immediate acknowledgement indicating that the transaction has gone through. Please note that we can no longer accept payment of Sisterhood dues through your Adas account.

Or send a check, made payable to Adas Israel Sisterhood, to the Sisterhood Treasurer, Dava Berkman, 2475 Virginia Avenue, NW, #803, Washington, DC 20037.

Membership levels include: Chavera  (Friend) – $80, Sister-$40, Other-$___. Note that new  Adas members will receive a one-year complimentary membership to Sisterhood and will also receive a 10% discount on their initial purchase at the Sisterhood Gift Shop.
 


 

Miriam Rosenthal
SisterhoodPresident@adasisrael.org


Adas Israel Sisterhood embraces women of all ages and stages of life. It provides opportunities to learn, deepen spirituality and personal Jewish growth, do mitzvot and network. From one-on-one experiences, to small group activities, to large-scale events, there is something of interest for everyone.

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Sisterhood Shabbat: A Letter of Appreciation from Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Dear Sisterhood members,

I didn’t want to let another day go by without expressing my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you for Sisterhood Shabbat. Every aspect of the Shabbat, from beginning to end, was beautiful and inspiring. The adjudicated teen debate was awesome, sweet, brilliant, funny, educational, and all around wonderful. I keep hearing from people how extraordinary that event was. What a wonderful way to capture the spirit of Sisterhood for future generations!

Shabbat morning was a celebration of not only our Sisterhood members in prayer and leyning leadership, but of the role of Jewish women in general. As I said on Shabbat, in this day and age, our people and all the world needs the strength of women more than ever to bring us to higher levels of justice and goodness. 

Thank you for doing all that you do to raise the level of holiness of our congregation!

L’Shalom u’vrachah,

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf


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Ruth & Simon Albert
Sisterhood Gift & Judaica Shop
  

Every purchase benefits
Adas Israel Congregation!

10% discount for initial purchase by new Sisterhood members


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